We all take a risk by deciding to take a cruise, just as we take a risk by driving and by traveling on an airplane. There are general risks that most people are willing to take. However, there are additional risks that cruise ship passengers are exposed to that they may not be aware of. A recent investigation undertaken in Britain demonstrates that cruise ship passengers may not be as safe as they think they are.
Our cruise ship injury lawyers have extensive experience handling cruise ship accident cases that involve, among others, injuries relating to cruise ship swimming pools. The story more fully discussed below describes just how dangerous cruise ship swimming pools can be and how innocent individuals have suffered injuries and deaths that may have been preventable.
The British investigation mentioned above reveals that cruise ship swimming pool drownings have become a significant concern. A 7-year-old child drowned in a swimming pool while on vacation with his family. Another case involves a female passenger who also drowned in a cruise ship swimming pool, and her situation proves to be particularly alarming for a number of reasons that include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- There were no lifeguards on duty;
- There was no verbal statement to passengers warning them of the dangers associated with swimming pools on cruise ships;
- Some of the cruise ship crew members had not received first aid training (and therefore did not know how to administer CPR);
- Language barriers prevented crew members (who were from different countries) from communicating with one another about the female passenger who was unconscious after floating in the swimming pool face down; and
- Because of the lack of first aid training and language barriers, the female passenger did not receive the proper medical treatment in time for her to survive.
This particular cruise ship accident may scare many people who have traveled on cruise ships and/or plan to do so in the future. However, if cruise ships provide the necessary warnings (such as hiring lifeguards and verbally warning passengers), innocent passengers may not have suffered injuries or death. When such unnecessary injuries and deaths occur, victims often turn to seasoned attorneys to discuss options for holding cruise ships accountable for failing to put passenger safety first. By learning about this story, we all know cruise ships can do more. If minor yet very important changes are made, cruise ship swimming pools will be safer. Until then, unfortunate cruise ship passengers may continue to suffer injuries and deaths that simply do not need to occur.
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Suffering a cruise ship injury can be life-changing as you may never be able to make a full recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered any injury on a cruise ship, no matter where the cruise ship is located at the time of the accident, it is important that you consider speaking with a South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorney as soon as possible. With more than 130 years of combined professional experience, the South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano have the necessary skill, dedication, and compassion to help you overcome a very tragic and difficult situation. Our law firm has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has also been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. If you would like to discuss your potential case with one of our South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys, contact Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today by calling (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You may also contact us online by visiting our website.